Late this summer Adobe announced that it would “end of life” the AdHoc tool (formerly called Discover). I really enjoyed using AdHoc and while I like Analysis Workspace there was something special about AdHoc that’s tough to explain. It looked cool and it did help analysts discover new things happening on websites. There’s still some time to use AdHoc, so enjoy it while it lasts. Read the announcements and see the migration guide at Adobe Spark.
Adobe DTM and hashtag
Adobe DTM’s New Custom and pushState/hashChange Event Types
Google Analytics Implementation with Single Page Application architecture
Adding Google Analytics to your React Application
Here’s a handy guide if you have occasion to decipher Google Analytics tags when they fire:
Google Analytics measurement protocol Parameters Reference
It is possible to get these parameters broken out in a nice, eay-to-read user interface using Google Tag Assistant (Chrome Store).
Now comes Disruptive Advertising with a Dynamic Tag Management (DTM) debugger. It’s got a decent interface and it’s just a bookmarklet as well, so it should work in most browsers, unlike some debuggers which only work with Chrome (via Chrome app store).
Check it out and enjoy!
Web Analytics shootouts are always useful to those who haven’t yet committed to a web analytics platform or who are looking for an alternative. Most web analytics users are using Google Analytics “free” and Something Else paid. Now that Google Analytics 360 has come along and isn’t as expensive as the old GA Premium many WA users want to take a look at all the tools and platforms available.
Webtrends has done a major rewrite of their pioneering offering and they are in the game with Webtrends Infinity. The features and capabilities checklist is rather impressive, with all the real-time capability. Infinity looks to address many of the issues and shortcomings of Webtrends older offerings as well as those of other vendors. I look forward to testing Infinity in the near future, especially since new web analytics deployments are facilitated with tag management tools.
It’s not news now, but for those who’re always striving to achieve continuous improvement in web analytics could do worse than reading up on the W3C’s document of a specification for a web analytics Data Layer.
Customer Experience Digital Data Layer 1.0 by W3C December 2013
Community Group Final Report
Read more about data layer and other techniques for web analytics at Jan Exner’s great blog, “Web Analytics for Developers”
Pedro Monjo also has a good post about data layer usage at his blog.
A great post describing how techniques for debugging Adobe DTM implementations appeared at Search Discovery’s site. Who better to get this info from than the inventors of Satellite, the predecessor to DTM!
Debugging and validating an Adobe Dynamic Tag Management implementation
Search Discovery also published another blog explaining why results can vary between Google Analytics and Adobe Analytics installations.
The next link I want to pass along is about documentation – something we’re all loathe to do. Antti Koski over in Finland blogs about his approach to documenting SiteCatalyst implementations using Microsoft Excel in this great post on his site, . This post is from a little more than a year ago, but it is relevant for anyone working with a new or existing Adobe Analytics setup. Other tools exist for this documentation process, such as the R library I’ve mentioned a few months back and there’s an Adobe employee written tool which integrates with MS Excel as well. So far I can’t get that tool to work, but I’m still interested in it and will update here when I get it working for myself. Cheers!
Catching up by posting several items related to Adobe Analytics (aka Omniture SiteCatalyst). First, there’s the great new beta tool called Analysis Workspace which allows for freeform analysis with out having to jump through Java hoops with AdHoc (aka Discover). There’s only one problem with Analysis Workspace – you can’t print or export yet. That’ll be solved soon enough I’m sure, but I found that it’s tough to even screenshot a report produced from this tool. SnagIt got stuck in the editable fields at the top of the screen (report title).
Other than these issues, I love the trendlines and seemingly limitless breakdowns. So far there’s sparse documentation, and no tutorial videos yet, but I’m sure this tool will be popular with analysts since no additional implementation is required to use it.